Hopes that Nico Hülkenberg would be able to deliver those points after he ran as high as seventh place in the mid-section of the 66-lap race were dashed when he was involved in a pit lane collision with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne. While Vergne's car eventually retired as a consequence, Hülkenberg limped home but was mired in 15th position thanks to a stop-go penalty handed to the team for an unsafe pit release into the Toro Rosso car's path.
"We knew that it would be a difficult race today. The start went well and, until the incident in the pit lane, we looked quite good," said Hülkenberg. "We planned for a three stop, but then had to convert to a four stop. But then we had the incident, which ruined the race for us.
"Obviously the timing wasn't quite right, but we are a team, so we have to look into it and make sure it does not happen again," he added.